Irish Football Association president Jim Boyce claims "substantial progress" has been made in the search for Lawrie Sanchez´s successor as national team boss.

Boyce refused to discuss names - but confirmed Dave Beasant is not in contention because he is expected to sign a new coaching deal with Fulham.

"There is not so much a shortlist," Boyce told Sky Sports News. "We are making substantial progress. The people we´ve spoken to deserve privacy and many of them have expressed that."

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